Thematic POSHAN Maah: As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has planned to organize and celebrate Thematic POSHAN Maah throughout the month of September 2021.
- The entire month of September will be sub-divided into weekly themes for a focused and assimilated approach towards improving Holistic Nutrition.
- The weekly themes are as follows:
- The weekly theme for the activities to be taken up from 1st to 7th September is – Plantation Activity as “PoshanVatika.
- The theme for 8th to 15th September week is Yoga and AYUSH for Nutrition while
- The theme for the third week is- Distribution of the ‘Regional Nutrition Kit’ to Anganwadi beneficiaries of High Burdened Districts.
- The theme for the 4th week 24th to 30 September has been named Identification of severely acutely malnourished children and distribution of nutritious food.
About Poshan Abhyaan:
- The POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan is the flagship programme of the Government of India (GoI) to improve nutritional outcomes for pregnant women, lactating mothers, children, and adolescent girls.
- The POSHAN Abhiyaan, also known as National Nutrition Mission was launched by PM Narendra Modi on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Rajasthan.
- POSHAN Abhiyaan is a People’s Movement or a Jan Andolan that incorporates inclusive participation from government bodies, local bodies of states or UTs, social organizations, the private sector, and the public at large.
- This initiative aims to make India a malnutrition-free country by 2022.
- It aims to reduce stunting in children from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022.
- The Budget 2021-2022 included the announcement of Mission POSHAN 2.0 (Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0) as an integrated nutrition support programme.
- The mission POSHAN 2.0 focuses on strengthening nutritional content, outreach, delivery, and outcomes by developing practices that improve health, wellness, and immune response to disease and malnutrition.